European Foundation
for the Improvement of
Living and Working Conditions

The tripartite EU agency providing knowledge to assist
in the development of better social, employment and
work-related policies

EU PolicyWatch

Database of national-level policy measures

Eurofound's EU PolicyWatch collates information on the responses of government and social partners to the COVID-19 crisis, the war in Ukraine, rising inflation, as well as gathering examples of company practices aimed at mitigating the social and economic impacts.

Factsheet for measure AT-2022-27/2686 – measures in Austria

Promotion of raw material management

Förderung des Rohstoffmanagements

Country Austria , applies nationwide
Time period Open ended, started on 01 July 2022
Context Green Transition, Restructuring Support Instruments, European Semester
Type Other initiatives or policies
Category Supporting businesses to stay afloat
– Access to finance
Author Bernadette Allinger (Forba) and Eurofound
Measure added 23 June 2022 (updated 19 October 2022)

Background information

The goal of the programme is to significantly reduce raw material consumption while maintaining productivity in the course of existing production processes and maintaining the quality and functionality of products. The measure is available for all companies and other entrepreneurial organisations. Associations and denominational institutions can also submit applications.

It is funded by the Federal Ministry of Agriculture, Regions and Tourism and Kommunalkredit Public Consulting.

Content of measure

The project offers investments in innovative service concepts to increase material resource efficiency and to achieve immediate environmental effects through the use of products based on renewable raw materials.

Some concrete areas of investment are:

  • Optimisation of production processes (for example reduction of waste);

  • Reduction of material losses through improved quality or uniform quality;

  • Optimised construction and resource-saving design (for example ecodesign);

  • Improved material recycling.

For project above €35,000, the programme offers funding support equal to 30% of project's cost. The maximum level of support amounts to €500,000. Applicants may receive an additional 5% for the development of a new production process based on the EU Ecodesign Directive (2009/125/EG). Furthermore, EMAS certified companies may also get an additional 5% funding on top of their basic aid (maximum €10,000). The use of surcharges is possible up to the maximum de minimis aid law limit.

Examples of eligible investments are projects in machinery, manufacturing equipment and production facilities. 

The programme is part of the Austrian strategy RESET2020 - Resource.Efficiency.Technologies.

The project is listed and managed by Kommunalkredit Public Consulting. The body promotes a wide range of additional environmental support instruments that are aimed at sustainability, innovation and efficient use of resources.

Use of measure

Target groups

Workers Businesses Citizens
Employees in standard employment
Applies to all businesses Does not apply to citizens

Actors and funding

Actors Funding
National government
European Funds
National funds
National Recovery and Resilience Facility

Social partners

Social partners' role in designing the measure and form of involvement:

Trade unions Employers' organisations
Role Unknown Unknown
Form Not applicable Not applicable

Social partners' role in the implementation, monitoring and assessment phase:

  • Unknown
  • Main level of involvement: Unknown



Views and reactions




Eurofound (2022), Promotion of raw material management, measure AT-2022-27/2686 (measures in Austria), EU PolicyWatch, Dublin,


Eurofound publications based on EU PolicyWatch

30 January 2023


Measures to lessen the impact of the inflation and energy crisis on citizens

Governments across the EU continue to implement policies to support citizens and businesses in the face of rising food and energy prices caused by the COVID-19 crisis and intensified by the war in Ukraine. This article summarises the policy responses as reported in Eurofound's EU PolicyWatch database from January to September 2022.


12 September 2022


First responses to cushion the impact of inflation on citizens

Although the worldwide pandemic situation had already disrupted supply chains and triggered increases in energy and food prices in 2021, the situation deteriorated in 2022 with the Russian invasion of Ukraine.


12 September 2022


Policies to support EU companies affected by the war in Ukraine

This article summarises the first policy responses that governments across the EU have started to implement to support companies affected by the rising prices, and those with commercial ties to Ukraine, Russia or Belarus.


5 July 2022


Policies to support refugees from Ukraine

This article summarises the first policy responses of EU Member States, including those of the social partners and other civil society actors, enabling refugees to exercise their rights under the Temporary Protection Directive.


Disclaimer: This information has not been subject to the full Eurofound evaluation, editorial and publication process.